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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 29 May 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 140589
OS Grid Reference: SU3849230903
OS Grid Coordinates: 438492, 130903
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0762, -1.4519
There is also a scheduled monument, Gains Castle: a 13th Century Ringwork and Bailey, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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SU 33 SE
5/28 Church of Mary
Parish Church. Early C12, chancel lengthened mid C12, C15/C16 windows. Porch
1701 on tablet, restored 1858 and 1895. Rubble flint, plastered except to E,
stone quoins and dressings, old plain tile roofs. Small early C12 church of
chancel and nave with W bell-gable, chancel prob lengthened mid C12, S porch
added 1701. Chancel has restored C14 square headed 3-light E window. C16
diagonal corner buttresses. To N and S walls at E late C12 roundheaded lancet
with chamfer. In S wall to W and set lower 2nd C12 lancent, earlier with no
chamfer but with later pointed head, perhaps original SE window. To NW and SW
C15 squareheaded 2-light cinqfoiled window. On E gable stone cross prob C19.
Taller, wider nave has on N wall early C12 roundheaded lancet, set high on wall.
No trace of N door, in its place C19 squareheaded perpendicular 2-light window.
S wall at E has similar and in centre gabled brick porch with stone keys to
archway, one inscribed '1701 P + L CW'. Inside plain roundheaded doorway with
quirked abacus. Each side of porch high set five-sided window. W window C15,
restored squareheaded cinqfoiled window with moulded jambs and mullions. Below
3 C18 headstones to Smith family. In gable C19 pair of unequal pointed bell
openings C12 cross on gable. Inside chancel E qindow has splayed C14 jambs. E
lancets have wide splays. Below SE is small roundheaded recess with hole in
soffit. Central S lancet has altered sill and on E jamb C13 wallpainting of
young person under crocketed gable. Opposite monument 1755 to A Weekes by T
Baker, London, inscription panel with column each side supporting open pediment.
On S wall monument 1707 to T Hobbs, volutes and garlands either side of
inscription panel. C19 collar roof, tiled floor falling from altar rails to
chancel arch, and fittings. Low roundheaded plain chancel arch with quirked
impost. Each side later roundheaded squint, half arch width. In N nave wall
original lancet has narrow splay. To W of it reset C15 stone head wearing cap.
Wide splays to other windows. E of S door piscina with mutilated bowl. W of
door C16 alms box on post, cut from tree trunk. At W end Norman font of Purbeck
marble with square bowl moulded stem and square base. Rest of fittings C19.
Roof C19 but older wallplates and 4 tiebeams, with E wall set back at this level
indicating earlier flat ceiling. VCH; Vol.4; 1911; p441-2. Buildings of England,
Hampshire; Pevsner; 1966; p83.
Listing NGR: SU3840230772
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